NADAL WINS ATP STUTTGART, CONTINUES STREAK

Posted on July 23, 2007

Rafael Nadal capped his final claycourt event of the year by defeating Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 in his 16th consecutive clay court final to win the Mercedes Cup title on Sunday.


The title was an ATP-best sixth for the Spaniard in 2007.

Nadal donated his new Mercedes C350 for winning the event to his uncle and coach Toni.

"He needs one and I have the car from 2005, so this one is for him," Nadal said.

The 21-year-old Nadal has won 93 of his past 94 matches on clay, with his only loss coming to Roger Federer at Hamburg this year.

Wawrinka is now 1-2 in career ATP finals.

"I was a break up in the first set and 5-2 in the second set, but I played against the best player on clay and he was too good today," Wawrinka said. "I am so sad to lose the car, but it has been a good week. I have a lot of confidence for the rest of the year."

In the doubles final, the Czech duo of Leos Friedl and Frantisek Cermak beat Spaniards Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia Lopez and Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco 6-4, 6-4.